This is the purpose for which we are called,
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession,
that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness
into His marvelous light.(1 Peter 2:9)
There is a worship that expresses the heart, and worship that involves the mind, and a worship that involves the body. There is a worship that is giving praise upward, a worship that is receiving instructions from above, and a worship that carries out instruction in the world around us.
We need all three types of worship. Some people focus primarily on speaking or singing praise to God. Praise is good, but if all we do is praise God, without ever listening to what He says, we have to ask whether we believe the words we are saying. If He is really all wise and all loving, then we need to be attentive to what He is telling us, because He is worth listening to.
At Bethel Church, we take the study of God's Word seriously. And, the more we grasp His greatness, His power, His love, His character, the more we understand His worthiness, the better we can declare His worth – the better we can worship.
Our worship is a response to what God has revealed Himself to be through His Word, not only in who He is, but also in what He has done for us through His son, Jesus. Worship includes all our responses to God – including a response with our mind, such as our belief in God’s worthiness, our emotions, such as love and trust, and our actions and our words. Our heart expresses itself in words and songs; our mind is active when we want to learn what God wants us to do, and our bodies and strength are involved when we obey and when we serve.
We hope you'll experience worship at Bethel Church first-hand. We can only say so much about it, because worship is experiencing the presence of Christ. Would you consider joining us?